Canada – Andrea Woo – Cross-Border Sales Drop After Bridge Collapse – 21 August 2013

The Globe And Mail

VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail

The number of Canadian shoppers at major retail destinations along the Interstate 5 corridor in Washington state plummeted after the collapse of a bridge over the Skagit River, a study has found.

The long-term study by the Border Policy and Research Institute at Western Washington University is intended to focus on the economic impact of changes that might influence cross-border shopping, such as the exchange rate and sales taxes. Coincidentally, the bridge – a major thoroughfare that connects British Columbia and Washington State and carries more than 70,000 vehicles daily – collapsed on May 23, two months into the study.

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